What I Read in November 2017

The last full month of this fall semester was super busy, so I’m happy to say that I read 7 books in November! I found myself extra-motivated to read this month because overall, I really enjoyed everything that I picked up. I loved being able to read during the week of Thanksgiving, and I can’t wait to devour as many books as possible over winter break. I still have to make my way through final papers and exams, but I’m hoping to fit in plenty of reading while I study– I may or may have brought back one or two too many books from home, oops!


Turtles All the Way Down by John Green | 5/5 Stars


A Short History of the Girl Next Door| 5/5 Stars


The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo | 4/5 Stars


Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson | 4/5 Stars

In Jacqueline Woodson’s Another Brooklyn , after running into a long-ago friend, August’s mind transports herself back growing up in 1970s Brooklyn. The book is written in Woodson’s signature prose and is perfect for reading a book in one sitting. I really enjoyed the book’s flow and how August’s story came together in the end.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo | 4.25/5 Stars

Review: Here

The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella | 4.5/5 Stars

Over Thanksgiving Break, I craved a book that I wouldn’t want to put down and could fly through, and a Sophie Kinsella book was the perfect answer. I’ll have a review for The Undomestic Goddess up next week!

Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan| 5/5  Stars

Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe was my least expected read of the month, but my favorite read of November! I didn’t plan on picking it up until my winter break, but I couldn’t putt off a British contemporary about baking any longer! My review will be up on the blog within the next two weeks.


I hope to read some festive books in December in honor of Christmas– I am so in love with my holiday-themed Fangirl Fury logo on my homepage –  and I plan on doing some 2017 wrap-up posts throughout the month!

What did you read in November? Share in the comments!


My Summer Reading Recap

From the beginning of June to the end of August, I read a total of 33 books! It was more than wonderful to read this many books over my summer break, as I really missed reading during last spring semester. I’m back at school now for the fall semester, and between all of the required reading I have to do for class, other homework, activities, LIFE, I know I’m going to be reading less- my goal for September is to at least read 2 BOOKS GUYS!

If I had to summarize my summer reading is one genre it would hands-down be contemporary! Even though I did read some fantasy and sci-fi, I really must be a summertime= contemporary reader! Listed below are going to be my favorite reads of the summer, and I’ll leave links to reviews if I have them for the book!


Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz | review: here

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia |review: here

Warcross by Marie Lu (ARC) | review to come

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han |review: here


The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord | mini review: here

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee | review: here


Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (ARC) | review to come

The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock | review: here

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley | review: here

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty | review: here

Honorable Mentions:

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon | review: here

Once and For All by Sarah Dessen

Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel | review: here

Genuine Fraud by E.Lockhart (ARC) | review to come

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

What was your favorite read of the summer? Share in the comments!

Australia, Adult Books, & A Lot of Mysteries: What I Read in August 2017

August was an important reading month for me because I hit my reading goal of at least 58 books in 2017, meaning that I had read 200 books within three years. In August,over half of the books that I picked up were adult books, two took place in Australia (which was extremely cool because I rarely read books that take place there!), and a lot of the books that I read involved some sort of mystery (or mysteries in a few cases). I read 11 books in total, which I’m pretty happy about, considering that I’m back at school for the fall semester and I know that I won’t be reading as much as a did this summer (*major sigh). As always, if I have reviewed the book, I’m just going to include my star rating and a link to my review.


Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart (ARC) | 4/5 Stars

Genuine Fraud left me thinking throughout and after this mystery thriller told in reverse-chronological order from E. Lockhart. I’ll have a review coming closer to release date.

 One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid |4.25/5 Starsonetrueloves

Review: Here

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (ARC) | 5/5 Stars

I had been highlight anticipating Little Fires Everywhere since I read Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You in 2016, and Little Fires Everywhere exceeded my expectations. It was definitely one of my favorite books of 2017, and I’ll have a review to coming closer to release date.

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Review: Here

The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock | 5/5 Stars

Review: Here

The Thing with Feathers (ARC) by McCall Hoyle | 3.5/5 Stars

I was highly anticipating The Thing With Feathers, as our main character, Emilie, has epilepsy and must adjust from being homeschooled to attending public school. I have a review coming for The Things with Feathers next week!

FullSizeRenderWords in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley | 4.75/ 5 Stars

Review: Here

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella | 4/5 Stars

You could always use a Sophie Kinsella book in your life. Her books are light and funny, and My Not So Perfect Life is no exception. While a tad unrealistic at times, Katie felt really down to earth, and I loved how much glamping played into this book. I’m happy to say that the romance in this book doesn’t overtake the story, however, the story does drag at the end just to have a solution to Alex and Katie’s relationship.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty | 4/5 Stars

I’ve been so excited to finally start watching the Big Little Lies HBO mini-series, but being the reader that I am, I knew I had to read the book before starting the show. I’ll be uploading a post soon about my Big Little Lies excitement, but just know this book took me by surprise and I’m still obsessed. I’ve also started watching the TV show, which is another growing obsession.

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari | 4/5 Stars

I’m super proud of myself for adding Modern Romance because I finally listened to my first audiobook! I’m going to have post all about it soon.

Passing by Nella Larsen | 3.5/5 Stars

I flew through Passing for my English class this week, and I really enjoyed this classic focused on race. I’m a bit disappointed that I had to rush through this one (super thankful though that my edition was only eighty-two pages long) in order to do my first class assignment, but I’m excited about discussing this book more in class.

Even though I didn’t count it as read, I did DNF Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco this month. I began reading Stalking Jack the Ripper at the end of the July and by the end of the first in week in August, I decided that the book was just not for me. I really wanted to like this one because so many blogs that I follow love it! In short, I had no interest in our main protagonist, I often lost track of characters, and while the book has an exciting mystery premise, I found the plot extremely slow moving. If you’re interested, I go more into my Stalking Jack the Ripper feels here.

What I Read in July 2017

July was filled with days spent at the beach and by the pool with a book in hand, of course! Having read 12 books, I’ll be keeping my thoughts on each read short and sweet, especially if I’ve already reviewed the book on the blog.


Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay // My Rating:4/5 Stars


Fun Fact: There’s a film adaptation of Sarah’s Key, which I watched this month and also really enjoyed!

Dear Evan Hansen by Steven Levenson // My Rating: 5/5 Stars

Review: here

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord// 4/5 Stars

Review: here

Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock (ARC) // 2/5 stars

I was fortunate to receive an ARC of Just Friends, but unfortunately, I did not enjoy this friends-turned-romance story. I wasn’t a fan of the writing style and characters (two major components of a novel), and while I don’t mind books with predictable plots, I just couldn’t get into this one.

The Mothers by Brit Bennett // My Rating: 4.25/5 Stars

The Mothers isn’t a heavy plot-set book, but it was one that I really enjoyed. We grow up with these three main characters who’s past and secrets come to life as they get older. The Mothers reminded me of Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, another diverse read that I loved in 2016.

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo // 4/5 Stars

Review: here

A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3) by V.E. Schwab // 4/5 Stars

The third and final book in the Shades of Magic trilogy, I took my time reading A Conjuring of Light, since I didn’t just to rush through. These books also have slow, world-building starts that doesn’t necessarily call for fast-paced reading. However, once I hit the 300-page mark (ACOL is over 600 pages long), I felt myself immersed in this story. I really loved how this series wrapped up, ACOL now being my favorite Shades of Magic novel.

Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index  by Julie Israel //4/5 Stars

Review: here

Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins // 4/5 Stars

I have a review for Summer Days and Summer Nights on the way, but for right now, I will say that I loved this summer-filled read, especially the stories from Leigh Bardugo and Stephanie Perkins.

Update: review here 

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath // 4/5 Stars

A classic book that I really enjoyed and didn’t read in an English class, whatttt?? I was absolutely enchanted with the writing style and story set in The Bell Jar, and a week after reading, I still find myself thinking about Esther’s story and how parallel it is to Sylvia Plath’s own life.

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee // 4.75/5 Stars

Another review coming soon, but just know that I lovveeeeddddd Tash Hearts Tolstoy and it deserves all the hype, especially for its diversity!

Update: review here

How to Be Bad by Lauren Myracle, Sarah Mlynowski, and E.Lockhart // 3/5 Stars

I read a lot of Lauren Myracle and Sarh Mlynowki’s books growing up, and I love E.Lockharts books, so I figured I enjoy How to Be Bad. If you’re looking for a light, summertime and throwback read (HoBB was published in 2008), look no further, Waffle House and a road trip included.

What I Read in June

June was not only a fantastic reading month for me, but also a great book month in general. Earlier in the month, I attended Book Con 2017, and I recapped my Saturday and Sunday at the convention on the blog. I left Book Con with 18 books (at least I bought another bookcase in advance) and actually came home to more this month! Having read 11 books this month, I’m going to be keeping my thoughts on each book short and sweet. I have full reviews for When Dimple Met Rishi and Eliza and Her Monsters (which I leave links for), and I often write mini reviews on Goodreads.

Leave Me by Gayle Forman | 4/5 Stars

I’m a fan of Gayle Forman’s young-adult duologies,  If I Stay and Just One Day, so I knew I had to pick up her adult novel at some point. While the main character, Maribeth, undergoes a big life change (after having a heart attack she decides to leave her husband and two children), the plot stays pretty mellow as Maribeth tries to figure out life.

Jane Eyre The Graphic Novel by Amy Corzine & Charlotte Bronte | 2/5 Star

I’m reading a Jane Eyre retelling in my English class next semester, so I figured I’d read Jane Eyre beforehand. This graphic novel had the original text and I just wasn’t a huge fan of the artwork and story overall.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon | 4.5/5 Stars

When Dimple Met Rishi was on my TBR since January (insert jealously of anyone with an ARC here), so I was so happy to pick up the book in June and was not disappointed. I loved how Sandhya Menon interwove Indian culture and tradition, web development, humor, family, and more in this young-adult rom-com. I have a full review for When Dimple Met Rishi here.


A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab | 3.5/5 Stars

A Gathering of Shadows is the second book in the Shades of Magic trilogy.  While I appreciated the world building and character development, things were just moving so slowly and didn’t find myself immersed in this story until the 250-page mark. However, I really enjoyed how there was more from Rhy’s perspective in this installment and I loved following the Games.

Once and For All by Sarah Dessen | somewhere between 4 & 5/5 Stars

I was so happy I found out a few months ago that the Queen of YA Contemporary was not only coming out with another book, but a book centered around wedding planning (I’m a Say Yes to the Dress and Four Weddings addict, okay?). Despite Sarah Dessen’s books tend to follow a similar format (troubled girls meets troubled boy, they like each other but won’t admit it, and then they fall in love at the end ), I really enjoyed this story and the side characters really made it for me, specifically William and Jilly.

Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz | somewhere between 4 & 5/5 Stars

Yes, this Hamilton mega-fangirl finally read Melissa de la Cruz’s Alex and Eliza, a historical retelling of how Elizabeth Schuyler and Alexander Hamilton met. This book relaunched all of my Hamilton feels (even though they are quite non-stop). If you’re any level of a Hamilton fan, I definitely recommend checking this one out.

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia | 5/5 Stars

Eliza and Her Monsters is the book that my Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell soul needed. It incorporated fandom, fan fiction, family, relationships, anxiety and so much more, and it has become one of my all-time favorite reads. I have a full review of Eliza and Her Monsters here.

Warcross by Marie Lu (ARC) 5/5 Stars

I was so beyond fortunate enough this month to receive an ARC copy of Warcross from Marie Lu at Book Con, and I’m so beyond excited to announce that this book was everything I expected and more! Warcross follows teenage bounty hunter Emika Chen, who’s just glitched herself into the International Warcross Championships. The creator of the hit sensation virtual-reality game that is Warcross, Hideo Tanaka, wants Emika to come to Tokyo and participate in the games, in hopes that she’ll solve a security problem for his company. Warcross comes out on September 12th, and I’ll be posting my full review then!


Made You Up by Francesca Zappia | somewhere between 4 & 5/5 Stars

After reading Eliza and Her Monsters, I knew I needed another Francesca Zappia book in my life. While Made You Up has a different vibe from Eliza and Her Monsters, following a girl with schizophrenia and her journey transferring to a new school her senior year, I devoured this quirky story featuring mental health awareness and relationships (and some lobsters).

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab | 4/5 Stars

The sequel to This Savage Song and the final book in the Monsters of Verity duology, I was quite satisfied to the ending of Our Dark Duet, as it felt realistic to the story (aka a book where not every character is saved after fighting an epic battle). However, this book was a bit slow-moving for me and I felt a bit disconnected from the two main protagonists, August and Kate.

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han |5/5 Stars

The final book in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series, Always and Forever, Lara Jean was everything I could have hoped for in this final installment and I can’t get over all of the Hamilton bits! I’ll have a full review up on the blog soon!

What did you read in June? Share in the comments!

My Favorite Spring 2017 Reads

Between March, April and May, I read a total of 22 books (!!!) and as spring turns right into summer, I thought it was time to consider my favorite reads of the season. I’ve talked about most of these books on the blog a lot already, so I’m going to keep this post short and sweet. If you want a recap of each book that I read this spring, I recommend going to my What I Read posts for March, April, and May—just click on these months to go directly to the post. For my favorite spring reads, I’ll be giving each novel my star rating along with my full review linked—there’s only one book with no review!

Vicious by V.E. Schwab // 5/5 stars

Review: here

Heartless by Marissa Meyer // 4.75/ 5 stars

Review: here


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas // 5/5 Stars

Review: here

Geekerella by Ashley Poston // 4.5/5 Stars

Review: here

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas // 4.5/5 Stars

Review: here

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman // 5/5 stars

No review for Radio Silence, but here’s my mini Goodreads review:

I ate this book in about a day and a half AND I’M IN LOVE. Frances reminded me so much of myself, having a ‘School Frances’ (smart, quiet girl who will go to a top university/college) vs ‘Real Frances’ (spends her free time on Youtube and Tumblr, does fan art, WEARS MONSTERS INC. LEGGINGS!!!). 

What else I loved:
-Her FRIENDSHIP with Aled. They had such a solid boy-girl friendship THAT DIDN’T TURN INTO ROMANCE WHAT SO EVER, WHATTTTTT?
-Frances’ mom. I loved that woman, between her Saturday movie nights, her support, her unicorn onesie, and her help hehehe.
-Side characters <3= I want Raine and Daniel on my side
-The Youtube/Radio Silence aspect– felt so REAL and current
-This book is almost 500 pages long, but it doesn’t feel like it all- absolutely flew through and wanted even MORE.

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord // 5/5 stars

Review: here

What were some of your favorite spring reads? Let me know in the comments below!

What I Read in May

May was an absolutely fantastic reading month for me! Since I read 10 books this month, I kept my thoughts short and sweet, going from my least favorite read to my favorite read of the month.

Nemesis by Brendan Reichs // 2/5 Stars

Even though this is a YA novel and the main characters are teenagers, Nemesis felt more like a middle grade to me. While the premise was exciting and had some Lord of the Flies vibes, the plot and characters just didn’t deliver for me.

The Cabin by Natasha Preston // 2/5 Stars

My sister loves Natasha Preston’s books, so I typically read them alongside her. I was unfortunately very disappointed, as The Cabin’s premise was exciting, but the story itself didn’t have any sort of spark and was WAY too long– it took us forever to get to some sort of “solution”

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab // 3.75/5 Stars

Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy ADSOM as much as I thought I would, being head-over-heels for Schwab’s This Savage Song and Vicious. I thought that the plot was a bit predictable and unexciting at times, however, I plan on picking up the next book soon!

Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith // 4/5 Stars

While Windfall was over 400 pages long, it was a pretty quick read for me. I found it to be a little tropey and I didn’t completely enjoy the romance. I loved Leo and seeing Alice’s journey outside her relationship with Teddy. I teared up when she reflects on her parents’ lives with her uncle.

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli // 4/5 Stars

I finally read Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda and really enjoyed it! There’s a dog and Oreos!! I have a full review here.

Geekerella by Ashley Poston // 4.5 Stars

Geekerella was the fandom+fairytale novel that I didn’t know I needed until I started reading. My full review can be found on Fangirl Fury here.

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr // 4.75/5 Stars

The One Memory of Flora Banks took me by surprise, as it was one of my favorite reads of May. My review can be found here.

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas // 4.5/5 Stars

One of my most anticipated reads of 2017 finally delivered this month. I have a full review of ACOWAR here, including a mini conflicted rant about there being more books in the ACOTAR world.

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman // 5/5 Stars

My only 5/5 Star read of the month, Radio Silence was the type of book that I just fell into. There’s Tumblr and Youtube and fanart and friendship and family and school all rolled into one perfect contemporary read.

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord // 5/5 Stars

From the moment I started The Names They Gave Us, I was hooked. Emery Lord’s latest release about family, friendship, religion, and grief was an emotion-filled story rolled into a summer contemporary. I have a full review here.

What did you read in May? Share in the comments below!